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Battle for Singapore: The True Story o/Thompson, Pete/Paper/0749950854/S053-B1
The true story of the 'the greatest defeat and largest capitulation' in British military history.
The Fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942 was a military disaster of enduring fascination and seemingly unshakable myth. For the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the island, Peter Thompson tells the explosive story of the Malayan Campaign, the Siege of Singapore and the Japanese Occupation through the eyes of those who were there - the soldiers of all nationalities and members of Singapore's beleaguered population.
Written as a gripping narrative, the book uncovers the controversial truths which have remained hidden behind self-serving lies and distortions for 60 years. He describes the 'revelry by night' mentality and military bungling preceding the outbreak of war in the Pacific; the savage and relentless fighting on the Malayan mainland as the Japanese war machine ploughed southward, the tragic fall of besieged Singapore through the eyes of survivors, and the agonies of the Japanese Occupation, including graphic accounts of the sook ching - the massacre of thousands of young Chinese men at the hands of Japan's death squads.